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Gaines Township man charged with shooting bald eagle

A 65 year old man has been charged with shooting an endangered species and reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with a wounded bald eagle near his home in the area of Van Vleet and Ray roads in Genesee County....more >>
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Orion Oaks presents ARF!

Having a "dog's life" isn't always a bad thing, especially for the dezinins of "dogtown." For one night on Thursday, March 3, the first and second graders of Orion Oaks Elementary, known as "lower L," had an opportunity to dress up as their favorite canines as they acted out an adaptation of the play ARF! Originally written by John Jacobson and John Higgins, this presentation was adapted for the child actors by Orion Oaks Music Teacher Abby Reynolds, who said she is a big believer in musicals for the young age group....more >>

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Good Times fundraiser At 6 p.m., March 12, a euchre tournament will be held at the Goodrich Country Club (lower level), 10080 Hegel Road, Goodrich. Proceeds from the event will help fund the Good Times in Goodrich festival (Aug....more >>

The future of funding

In the wake of a failed bond proposal, LOCS officials wary as they begin tackle of big changes from Lansing

One thing was certain as school board members took their first official look at Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposal: Lake Orion Community Schools is facing a busload of questions and no easy answers....more >>

New restaurant's opening hindered by ordinance

A new restaurateur has decided to contribute to the ever expanding downtown area, but his plans are running into a few snags. Ferdinand Deda, of Troy, purchased the lot where his new Broadway Grill eatery will stand, between McDonalds and TCF Bank on S....more >>

Ginopolis: We're disappointed, but not defeated

Anyone who wants to vilify, malign, denigrate or otherwise speak ill of Lake Orion teachers will need first to take it up with Marion Ginopolis. That was the word from the district's interim superintendent herself during a Feb....more >>
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Jacobsen reads to kids at Pine Tree

The children of Pine Tree Elementary are celebrating reading month, and someone from the Michigan House of Representatives took interest enough to visit the school. State Representative Brad Jacobsen, toting his book "Duck for President," and another about Abe Lincoln, arrived at the school Monday, March 7 to read aloud to each grade....more >>

Youth nominations due by March 18

Know a local young person who goes above and beyond in service to the community? The Orion Area Youth Assistance (OAYA) is accepting nominations for its 18th annual Youth Recognition Awards, scheduled for April 28 in the Lake Orion High School Performing Arts Center....more >>
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Local Eagle Scouts honored for service to community

A trio of local young men decided to complete their Eagle Scout service giving back to the community. Ian Cheney, William Criel, and Ian Palmer settled on improving and renovate Friendship Park by adding trail directional signs, botanical identification signs, and building benches for public use....more >>
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Local excels to Motocross elite

Hundreds of races, two state class titles—all done on two wheels. Chris Williams is a motocross racer— tooling over a jumps, ruts and dirt on a Suzuki 125 cc just inches from other motorcyclists....more >>
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Twp. eyes S.A.D policy

Brandon Twp.- Residents seeking to have their roads designated as special assessment districts will encounter a new policy soon. The township board discussed a set of rules for creating S....more >>

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Coffee Hour At 9 a.m., March 25, The Citizen, 12 South St., will host a coffee hour. The public is invited to attend and enjoy treats and conversation. Donations for OCEF will be accepted....more >>

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Study examines college-ready students statewide

A Detroit Free Press article published last month compared how college-ready seniors at each individual high school were. Nationwide, 24 percent of 2010 high school graduates were considered college-ready, with a little under half of high school students taking the test....more >>

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Open township trustee seat draws 12 applicants

A total of 12 applications were received to replace a vacated seat on the Atlas Township Board. The deadline for filing an application to fill the trustee seat vacated by Scott Statson, who resigned earlier this year, was 4 p....more >>
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Sidge leaves office, no replacement named

Goodrich- On Wednesday, Village Manager Jakki Sidge vacated her office after a whirlwind of controversy stemming from a 3-2 vote at a special meeting Friday Feb. 11, when the village approved a motion requesting her resignation....more >>

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OCEF looking for a little Sharin' o' the Green

Brandon Twp.- For the third year in a row, an anonymous donor has challenged the community to participate in "Sharin' o' the Green," offering to match community donations to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund food pantry up to $2,000....more >>
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Never on the sideline: GHS athletic director retires

Ask Al Martus the key to almost four decades as a high school athletic director and he can answer in one word: Fairness. "I often considered students like my son or daughter," said Martus, 66, who retired as athletic director from the Goodrich School District earlier this year....more >>
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Firefighter tuition reinbursement questioned

Brandon Twp.- For the past ten years, one of the perks of being a firefighter here is tuition reimbursement. Part-time (on-call) firefighters can receive up to $500 and full-time firefighters can receive up to $1,000 annually for tuition costs relating to any degree related to the fire department, including emergency medical services, firefighter technology and business administration....more >>
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BHS Pom Pons top 10 statewide

On Feb. 13 the Brandon Varsity Pom Pon team competed in the state tournament at Eastern Michigan University. The girls placed seventh overall.The eleven team members also received high marks in the classroom with an accumulative GPA of 3....more >>

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Area stores busted by deputies after selling alcohol to minors

Brandon Twp.- Three area businesses will be fined by the Liquor Control Commission after clerks working at those businesses sold alcohol to an underage person last week. A detective and deputy from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office conducted liquor compliance checks on several licensed liquor stores in the township on March 4 with the help of a woman who is under 21....more >>

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Schools of choice: Boom or bust? Debate continues

Brandon Twp.- Two years ago, the school board had a study session about their schools of choice program after multiple complaints from parents who reside in the district. Now the school board will revisit the issue, at their next meeting set for 6:30 p....more >>

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Gaines Township man charged with shooting bald eagle

A 65 year old man has been charged with shooting an endangered species and reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with a wounded bald eagle near his home in the area of Van Vleet and Ray roads in Genesee County....more >>
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Gaines Township man charged with shooting bald eagle

A 65 year old man has been charged with shooting an endangered species and reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with a wounded bald eagle near his home in the area of Van Vleet and Ray roads in Genesee County....more >>

Lake Orion's Got Talent!

Frisco Borrero, 40, of Lake Orion, sings "Broken Road" by Rascal Flats at Lake Orion's Got Talent auditions, held Feb. 26. Borrero was one of 12 finalists chosen to advance and compete Saturday, March 19 at the LOHS Performing Arts Center, where the gran

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Play ball

Orion Township is recruiting players for the 2011 Senior Softball League, organized by the Northwest Parks and Recreation Association. The league plays Monday and Wednesday mornings from May through August in various Oakland County communities - home games are played at Civic Center Park on Joslyn Road - and all levels of players, age 55 and up, are welcome....more >>

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RCOC offers dirt road dust control

Oakland County residents who live on gravel roads can participate in the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) dust-control program by submitting an application for the service by May 2....more >>

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Checkmate: GHS chess

It was a good "knight" for the Goodrich High School chess team—but it was a better day as the Martians took third place in a statewide competition at Oakland University on Feb. 26....more >>

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Brandon Equestrian From 2-8 p.m., March 6, Bullfrogs, 2225 Ortonville Road, will host a fundraiser for the Brandon equestrian team.The team is comprised of a junior team, sixth-eighth grade, and high school team, ninth-12th grade....more >>

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Crime

Illegal in more ways than one On Feb. 22, at 11:30 p.m., Brandon deputies responded to the 4800 block of Oakwood Road for a domestic assault. The complainant said she and her live-in boyfriend had an argument after he and his friend were drinking and his friend stayed too late....more >>

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New cell tower for ATT, township to receive revenues

The Atlas Township Board of Trustees voted 3-0 in a special meeting on Thursday to move forward for a new cell tower in the township. Township Supervisor Shirley Kautman-Jones, Township Clerk Tere Onica and Treasurer Anne-Marie Slagle voted yes....more >>

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Saturday deer season opener eyed statewide

Opening day for deer hunters may soon become just a little easier if lawmakers have their way. Last month State Rep. Kevin Cotter introduced House Bill 4259 to move the opening day of firearm deer season to the Saturday closest to Nov....more >>

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Ortonville to hire two on-call DPW employees

Ortonville- Some heavy snowfalls this winter and upcoming street projects have prompted the village council to approve hiring two on-call DPW employees. During their Feb. 28 meeting, the council voted 4-1 to give DPW Supervisor Bob Hauxwell the authority to hire two on-call employees at a rate of $12....more >>
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Area Walk for Warmth raises $170,000

Fighting the cold and the winter blues is the annual Walk for Warmth. Oakland County District 1 Commissioner Beth Nuccio recently participated in the fundraiser, along with Michigan State Representative Gail Haines and about a thousand others....more >>

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Night at the Races

Ortonville- Get ready for the second annual Night at the Races. The event in which guests view and bet on horse races to win a variety of prize packages while enjoying food, a cash bar and each other's company to raise money for a good cause, is planned for 6:30 p....more >>
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'I just want her back...'

Missing dog needed for local man's mobility, spirit

Brandon Twp.- Ted Medlock misses his dog. He is hopeful that someone knows where the 2-year-old pitbull named Brandy is and will help get her back home where she belongs. On Feb. 13, Medlock let Brandy out behind his home in the 3400 block of S....more >>
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Wounded bald eagle recovering

A wounded bald eagle rescued from a Genesee County woodlot is on the mend. That's the update from Julie Oakes, senior wildlife biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, who was part of a team that responded on Feb....more >>

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Area school districts brace for cuts, reductions

'Holding our students hostage is not acceptable'

By The Citizen staff In the face of devastating proposed cuts to education, Brandon Schools Superintendent Lorrie McMahon is urging parents to contact state legislators. "Tell them that holding our students hostage is not acceptable," said McMahon Tuesday....more >>

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Wartella recall petitions OK'd

Goodrich-It's on. A recall attempt aimed at village council president Patricia Wartella will be on the ballot May 3. Of the 225 petitions submitted by village resident Norm Bass on Jan....more >>
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Hawks tops in Metro League

On Feb. 26 the Brandon Blackhawks boys swim team won their second straight league championship. In the six-team meet, the Blackhawks won six of the 12 events with 560 points, 130....more >>
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Country's set a-Blazer

Springfield Township resident Justine Blazer's talent for country music, demonstrated here in The Clarkston News' Main Street studio, landed her in the top two in a national Battle of the Bands contest, and a trip to Austin, Texas....more >>

Tax rolls still falling

But assessor sees rebound coming

Even though tax revenues are still sliding to the negative, Independence Township Assessor Beverly Shaver believes "the big slide is over." "We're going to eventually even out and go up," Shaver said....more >>
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Apartment fires were preventable

Last week's apartment fire on Washington Street fire was caused by human error, said Independence Township Fire Chief Steve Ronk. That's typical for fires he's seen, Ronk said. "None of it's been building problems, just the people who live in the building left something unintended or whatever," he said....more >>

Teens caught with car full of loot

Five teenagers face burglary charges in connection with several thefts from cars in Independence Township. A Chapelview Drive resident reported several teenagers walking down the road with their car following, checking parked cars and mail boxes, 4 a....more >>
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Hearts for Lighthouse

Hundreds of community-minded Clarkston residents filled the home of Jim and Audrey Tanner of Springfield Township at the Open Your Heart fund raiser for Lighthouse North, Feb. 17. This was the second year the Tanners hosted the annual event, the largest fund raiser of the year for Lighthouse Emergency Services on Sashabaw Road....more >>
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Path to Paczkis

Mardi Gras is a busy time for bakers. Clarkston Village Bake Shop on downtown Main Street made about 4,500 paczki pastries of all sorts to satisfy demand for one last indulgence before Lent....more >>
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Telling it like it was

Sheila McLeod of Clarkston was 3-years-old when England entered World War II on September 3, 1939. She shared her stories from her youth on Feb. 24 along with her brother, Ray Burdett of Haslett, who was 9-years-old at the time their lives changed....more >>
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31 years of making Clarkston safe

After 31 years of service as an Oakland County Sheriff's deputy, Sgt. Paul Bidinger is trading in his gun and badge for golf courses, grandbabies and family time. "I'm just glad he's retiring, it will be nice," said Rhonda Bidinger, Paul's wife....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Locals walk their way for a cause

The 3-Day Walk team Sole Sisters, Finish or Bust, has come a long way to achieving their goal, but still have a long way to go 60 miles, in fact. "I'm really excited about it," said Jenny Swiatowy of Clarkston....more >>
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Star Blazer

Country music singer Justine Blazer is heading to the Live Music Capital of the World, and her fans helped send her there. "I am so honored and blessed to have such wonderful fans who took the time to vote for me," said Blazer, who lives in Springfield Township....more >>
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Kids wearing hats

Springfield Plains Elementary Kindergarten students in Mrs. Gillam's class celebrated Dr. Seuss Day on March 1. For the special day, Ruth Powers, grandmother of students Lucie and Annie Lemieux, made the infamous red and white Cat in the Hat hats for the students....more >>
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Optimist Club honors inspirational students

Clarkston Area Optimist Club honored students for living the Optimist Creed to make the best of themselves and inspire others, at their Youth Appreciation Breakfast, March 2 at Clarkston United Methodist Church....more >>

Cover girl

Gracing this month's cover of Metro You magazine is a familiar face, Chelsea Niemiec. Niemiec, marketing director at Everest Collegiate High School/Academy in Independence Township, was chosen for the March Bridal issue....more >>
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RUSH robotics score Entrepreneurial award

Team RUSH finished 12th out of 38 in the qualifying rounds and sixth in the playoffs, March 4-5 at the Michigan FIRST Robotics District Event at Kettering University in Flint. The team won the Entrepreneurial award through its organizational skills, enthusiasm, and commitment to achieving goals, but not the Chairman's award, said Kyle Hughes....more >>
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Final show

Clarkston High School Seniors from the Varsity Pom Pon and Varsity Competitive Cheer teams performed for the last time during the basketball team's half-time on March 1....more >>

Benefit performance

Spotlight Dance Center hosts Movement with Heart, a benefit performance for the family of Bruce Clifton of Clarkston, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, March 11, at Community Presbyterian Church, 4301 Monroe Avenue off Sashabaw Road....more >>

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First step OK'd for Sashabaw facility

Developers are looking to build a 100-bed nursing facility at the southeast corner of Clarkston and Sashabaw roads. Independence Township Board voted unanimously, March 1, to approve first reading of an amendment to allow Pine Knob Corporate Center for Medilodge of Clarkston to build it....more >>

Open audition

Clarkston Village Players host open auditions for "Incorruptible," a comedy, Sunday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.; and Monday, March 21, 7 p.m., at the Depot Theater, 4861 White Lake Road. For more information, call 248-625-5848....more >>

40 Days returns

The 40 Days for Life vigil returns to Independence Township, March 9, on Sashabaw Road south of I-75. Pro-life advocates from local churches and communities plan to gather peacefully daily through April 17 in front of a Sashabaw Road women's clinic, which offers abortion services....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Intelligent fun" Sashabaw Middle School Odyssey of the Mind teammates Shannon Feel, KC Kerby, Jonathon Shanks, Robert Koch, and Michael Fischer put their problem-solving skills to the test in regional competition....more >>
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To heck with the diet! Pass the paczki

Calorie-laden bits of Heaven deep-fried in lard. That's probably the best way to describe the hundreds of homemade doughnuts and paczki that Joe and Ethel Strzelecki crank out every year at their Oxford home on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday....more >>
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Frisch, Line, Ralston earn 1st state titles

There is no denying Oxford wrestling now. The Wildcats proved to everyone in the wrestling world that winning the team division one state final last weekend was no fluke as they claimed three individual state championships on Saturday, March 5 at the Palace of Auburn Hills....more >>

Grapplers on the march!

Throughout history, conquering heroes have marched in parades designed to honor their deeds and let the crowd share in their glory. That tradition will continue on Saturday, March 12 as Oxford's conquering heroes the OHS wrestling team will come marching down Washington St....more >>

Oxford residents involved in crash near Palace

A 45-year old female Oxford Township resident was involved in a three-vehicle accident on M-24 south of Harmon Rd. by the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, March 5. According to Auburn Hills Lt....more >>

Phones out in Oxford area

The Oxford area experienced a major communication breakdown Tuesday, March 8 as a large number of homes, businesses and schools lost their landline phone service and internet access....more >>

Hanson wins Senior of the Year award

She's been Oxford's travel agent for two decades, coordinating hundreds of fun-filled trips that have spawned thousands of wonderful memories. In appreciation for all her efforts, Mary Jean Hanson, an employee of the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department, is going to be honored with a state award....more >>

Girlfriends Walk wins Main Street award

One of downtown Oxford's newest and most popular events received some positive recognition last week. The Girlfriends Walk a combination charitable event and downtown promotion received the Outstanding Retail Event Award at Main Street Oakland County's "Main Event" celebration, held Friday evening at Glen Oaks Golf Club in Farmington Hills....more >>

ORBA kicks off its 2011 season

The youth baseball season is right around the corner. Make sure your child is registered to play! Children between the ages of 5 and 14 years are able to compete in 5 divisions; T-ball (ages 5-6) Coach Pitch (7-8) First Year Pitch (9-10) Babe Ruth (11-12) Pony (ages 13-14) Registration for the 2010 ORBA season will take place on Sunday, March 13 between 2 p....more >>
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